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European Parliament wants stricter security of 'critical EU infrastructure'

The European Parliament has approved a new law that will better protect the 'critical EU infrastructure' against terrorist attacks. This concerns the defense of energy, transport, drinking and waste water, banking and digital services, among other things. 

If there are incidents or disruptions caused by (potential) attackers or terrorists, for example, service providers must inform their national authorities. In turn, the authorities must then inform the public about what is going on, so that the public interest is served. 

The new law also contains a definition of critical infrastructure. In addition, the law provides for minimum requirements for risk assessment and for establishing national resilience strategies. 

MEP Tom Bernardsen (CDA) is pleased with the new legislation. 'We have seen how vulnerable our energy and data infrastructure can be. While we are working on this legislation here at European level, Member States are opening wide the back door to foreign influence.' 

Berendsen points out that at least 22 European ports have joined forces with Chinese investors. “They are handing important control points in our transport chain to foreign powers. A European port strategy is needed.'  

Also VVD MEP Bart Groothuis points the finger at China, but also at Russia and Iran. Those countries are out to thwart the EU, said the politician. "We may think we are at peace with the world, but they are creating a conflict against us." 

Since 2004, the European Parliament has been making rules and guidelines for protecting critical infrastructure against terrorists, for example. In the latest version, only the 'energy' and 'transport' sectors were discussed. In 2018, the European Parliament called for a revision of the directive. Earlier this year, the European Parliament adopted a directive on cybersecurity.

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